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NUUK, Greenland: March 27, 2018. Royal Arctic Lines, the provider of liner services linking Greenland with Europe and the US, has placed an order with Spain’s Zamakona Yards for two multipurpose vessels for delivery by 2020.

RAL 2With greater capacity than the two ships they will replace, the newbuilds will operate services to settlements in northwest Greenland.

The Company accepted delivery of a newbuild, Malik Arctica, in the first quarter of 2017 and has placed an order for a new 2,150 TEU vessel with the Chinese shipyard Wenchong in Guangzhou for delivery in 2019.

Royal Arctic Line A/S was founded in 1993 and builds on more than 200 years of experience with shipping to and around Greenland - first as Den Kongelige Greenlandske Handel (The Royal Greenland Trading Company), then as KNI, and then since 1993, as Royal Arctic Line.

The company is owned by the government of Greenland and provides handling, forwarding and liner cargo and passenger services to 13 harbors throughout the country to and from Aalborg, Denmark.

Royal Arctic Line said it forecast a profit before tax of between DKK 5 and DKK 15 million for 2017.